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UK Bar London (Bar) Construction

This section covers contractual dispute work within the construction industry for both the suppliers (eg developers, contractors, engineers and architects), and those clients employing (purchasers) these types of companies, for example corporate entities or state authorities, on their building plans and developments. Such developments can include single blocks or multi-building developments.

Rankings overview for Sets

All Sets profiles

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Band 1
  1. Atkin Chambers
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    Atkin Chambers
    Construction
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Described by one source as having "excellent strength and depth coupled with immense practicality," Atkin Chambers "remains the go-to set for construction work" with an outstanding bench of barristers, from market-leading silks to rising star juniors. Individuals here are eminently capable of handling the full spectrum of construction disputes including the highest-value and most complex proceedings both domestically and internationally. They regularly handle cases concerning infrastructure and high-profile developments across a number of industry sectors. Clients of the set include the largest developers, contractors and insurers in the UK and globally. Notably, the past year has seen members of chambers represent defendant contractors Balfour Beatty and MPB Structures in high-profile claims brought by the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust alleging defects in its new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.
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    Keating Chambers
    Construction
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Keating Chambers is widely regarded as a leading construction law set and is well known for the quality of both its outstanding silks and accomplished juniors. "The barristers are very astute and commercially minded, and they are well equipped to assist clients," says an interviewee. Members of Keating act in complex domestic cases in the TCC, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in high-profile cases and arbitrations abroad. The set acts for clients across the construction sector in projects ranging from major energy and infrastructure developments to commercial and residential schemes. "The barristers at Keating are specialists," says a source, adding: "They invariably understand the client's business and key commercial drivers." One notable recent case has been that of Standard Life v Gleeds, a variations dispute at the TCC in which Keating barristers acted for both the claimant and several defendants.
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Band 2
  1. 4 Pump Court
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    4 Pump Court
    Construction
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    4 Pump Court is described as a "go-to chambers for advice and pleadings on high value, complex, multi-party construction disputes" by happy clients. Other interviewees note that the set's barristers are collectively "methodical, technically excellent and extremely well prepared" on big construction cases. A number of the set's silks and juniors have been instructed in highly significant cases, including a multi-party case concerning the cladding used in the residential towers of Camden's Chalcot Estate. The set's excellent domestic profile is complemented by a strong international presence, especially in the Middle East. With expertise stretching across the construction sector, the set is equipped to handle litigation arising from energy and infrastructure developments and other landmark construction projects.
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Band 3
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    39 Essex Chambers
    Construction
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    39 Essex Chambers continues to provide an impressive construction law practice and the set has notable strength at both silk and junior level. Sources describe it as "always able to offer strong candidates who can accommodate client needs." The barristers are sought out by clients in the construction industry across the length and breadth of the UK, and also undertake a huge amount of international work. The set draws instructions from those on both the contractor and developer sides, including government bodies. Members of the set handle notable work in relation to high-profile residential and commercial developments, as well as cases concerning heavy engineering and infrastructure projects. This year members have appeared in the high-profile Standard Life Assurance v Gleeds, as well as Blue Manchester v NWGR, a cladding defects dispute. The set's practice area expertise extends into PFI and PPP contract disputes and the barristers have experience in complex cladding and fire safety issues.
  2. 4 New Square Chambers
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    4 New Square Chambers
    Construction
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    4 New Square Chambers maintains a strong construction law team. A source says the set has "very strong KCs and a good group of juniors" who are highly sought after by contractors and developers to handle the full spectrum of construction disputes, and the set's strong reputation for professional negligence and insurance issues complements the construction law offering. Barristers at the set have acted in UBB Waste v Essex County Council, a dispute related to the construction and commissioning of a mechanical and biological treatment facility. Chambers has a reputable international construction disputes practice, in addition to its extensive TCC and domestic ADR expertise.
  3. Crown Office Chambers
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    Crown Office Chambers
    Construction
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Crown Office Chambers is a highly regarded set with notable construction silks and a strong group of barristers at the junior end. "The set has strength in depth across all aspects of construction and engineering law," says an instructing solicitor. The barristers act for the full breadth of construction industry clients, including developers, contractors and design and engineering professionals. The set offers excellent additional capabilities in construction insurance and professional negligence cases. The barristers are highly experienced in construction disputes arising in the social and transport infrastructure area and the energy sectors. This year members have appeared in the TCC case Morrisons v John Sisk & Sons, a defects claim dispute. Barristers at Crown Office Chambers also regularly feature in cases concerning major commercial developments.
  4. Gatehouse Chambers
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    Gatehouse Chambers
    Construction
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 12 Years Ranked
    Gatehouse Chambers has a notable reputation for handling construction law disputes and a particularly strong offering of senior juniors. The barristers at the set are able to bring broader expertise in areas such as professional negligence, insurance and property damage to their construction cases. An interviewee comments: "An excellent set with particular ability to handle complex construction cases at all levels." Members are highly capable across a broad range of construction disputes, including those concerning emerging fire safety and cladding issues. Members of the set have acted in the high-stakes dispute Standard Life Assurance v Gleeds & Others. Gatehouse barristers make regular appearances in the TCC and handle various ADR proceedings for clients involved in project disputes arising from a range of industry sectors.